Dear friends of the Big Sur Marathon,

It is with a heavy heart that we share the Big Sur Marathon family lost one of our long-time and beloved volunteers to the COVID-19 virus on Monday, March 30. We wanted you to know that while we are getting very close to finalizing our plan for the rescheduled Big Sur Marathon races, we ask for your continued patience and consideration during this time of immense grief within our organization. 

 We hope to share more details about our plans in a week or two.

Thank you and please be safe.

The Big Sur Marathon Staff, Board, and Committee


First, we want to thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate the difficult task of postponing the Big Sur Marathon weekend of events. We are taking every opportunity to work toward a new 2020 date, but our area, like many of yours, is on a shelter-in-place order and our office is closed along with most businesses and governmental agencies for several more weeks. We are playing out several different scenarios with stakeholders, but we are unable to provide you with a confirmed plan at this time.

Difficult circumstances call for creative solutions, and we’re doing our best to keep you updated as we explore all potential options. We will continue to communicate our processes to you the best we can as we work toward a new 2020 race. Again, thank you so much for your patience, understanding, and kind words posted on social media and elsewhere over the past week. Your support means the world to our staff.

Please be safe and we will all get through these difficult times.


35TH Annual Big Sur Marathon Postponed Due to Growing Coronavirus Threat

Over the past several weeks, we have been monitoring updates from county, state, federal, and international public safety and health agencies regarding the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With state and local efforts to control the virus expanding quickly, the Foundation’s governance board, medical director, and race officials have decided to postpone the race until later this year in order to ensure the safety of participants, volunteers, spectators, and residents.

We are currently coordinating with local agencies, partners, and other impacted entities to secure a reschedule date for the 2020 Big Sur Marathon, Relay, 21-Miler, 11-Miler, 12K, and 5K. We are hoping to reschedule for late summer or early fall and will update you as soon as a date is secured. The By-the-Bay 3K will not be rescheduled for 2020.

Like you, we are very disappointed to have to move the race to a later date, but we strongly feel it is the responsible thing to do. We also understand a postponement might not work for some of you, and we are working hard to determine alternate options for those who cannot attend the rescheduled 2020 race. Details are still being finalized and will be communicated soon.

We appreciate your patience, understanding, and concern as we develop a path forward for a rescheduled race weekend and kindly ask that you refrain from individual inquiries about the status of your race registration if possible. We are working very hard to develop a plan that will address the many questions you may have. We will provide more details as they become available, hopefully within the next week or so.

Thank you for your support during this trying time. We look forward to hosting you for a safe and beautiful race on iconic Highway 1 later this year.

For more information about our decision to postpone, please read our full press release.


We are continuing to monitor the rapidly-changing COVID-19 situation and follow mandates from county, state, federal, and international public safety and health agencies. As a nonprofit whose mission is to “promote health and benefit our community,” the health and safety of our runners, volunteers, staff, and local residents is our main priority. Although there are still no known COVID-19 cases in Monterey County, the situation continues to change daily and we are doing our best to plan for all possible outcomes. We thank you for your patience as our team works hard to determine the most reasonable path forward at this time. Please continue to check this webpage or our social media accounts for updates.

Here are links to local, state, and federal agencies that can provide detailed information about the COVID-19 outbreak:

Monterey County Health Department;

State of California Department of Public Health;

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC);

The World Health Organization (WHO)


the Big Sur Marathon is still planning to be run as scheduled on the weekend of April 24-26. While the State of California declared state and local states of emergencies, the risk of infection is considered low at this time. We want to assure you that we are monitoring the situation closely and will take measures to protect our runners, volunteers, spectators, and the community. Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 among Monterey County residents.

We are continuing to monitor and follow updates from county, state, federal, and international public safety and health agencies. Here are links to these agencies:

Monterey County Health Department;

State of California Department of Public Health;

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC);

The World Health Organization (WHO)

Please refer to these and other official sites for important guidelines for your personal protection including regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoiding close contact with anyone showing signs of illness.

Thank you for your patience, consideration and support during this rapidly evolving situation. Any official updates will be posted on our website at

Thank you,

Doug Thurston
Race Director
Big Sur Marathon Foundation
(831) 625-6226